Today is the release date for our March book club selection The Divorce Papers by Susan Rieger (Crown). It’s also our book club discussion for this debut novel, written entirely in the form of letters and documents. Criminal lawyer Sophie Diehl reluctantly takes on her first divorce case upon the request of her client, Mia Meiklejohn. What ensues is an entertaining, often laugh out loud behind-the-scenes perspective of an acrimonious divorce.
From Left to Write members have been discussing the novel among ourselves and we’re finally able to share our thoughts and personal discoveries inspired by The Divorce Papers. Take a look:
- Jennifer from Ramblings of a Semi-Conscious Mastermind Mommy misses her best friend.
- Laura at The Gluten-free Treadmill embraces her future as a “single.”
- Ashley B. of Ashley, Unabashed handled her own divorce without hiring an attorney.
- Shannon from Shannon Morgan|Creative is paying forward kindness one handwritten letter at a time.
- Melanie RG at The Seeds of 3 recalls how she felt when she learned her parents were divorcing.
- Monica of The Blueprint for Style believes that whatever you do, you must trust yourself.
- Emily from Keeping Time revisits love letters from a difficult time in her marriage.
- Jodi at jodifur talks about why she shouldn’t haven’t gone to law school.
- Sam of Better With Sprinkles discusses the stigma behind seeking therapy.
- Chelle from Everyday Polish reflects on enemies as badges of honor.
- Carrie at poet in the pantry ponders what kind of paper trail (and virtual trail) we leave behind.
- Eunice C. of Random Walk Down Mommy Street explores the fabulous and fun world of intellectual property litigation.
- Amy from Using Our Words reflects on how much her husband is missed when he’s away for business.
- Ally at NorthSideFourEven learns she can’t judge a book by its cover.
- Eva of SocaMom.com is finally going through with the divorce.
- Emily Stephens from Nap Time is My Time talks about the necessity of divorcing friends.
- Julia at All About the Pretty believes some words are better said offline.
- Cristie Ritz-King of Reinvention Girl realized that being married to her might not always be easy.
- NJ from A Cookie Before Dinner has a confession to make after reading The Divorce Papers.
- Kelly at Cupcake Kelly’s talks about her dream job.
- Emily M of Polished Bookworm offers not so fond memories of her life as a divorce lawyer.
- Michelle from Honest & Truly did what she never thought she would: marry a divorced man.
- Melissa at Life with Sophia tries to decide whether her daughter is sick or has the Back-to-School Blues.
- Robin of The Not-Ever-Still Life just wants to make a big salad.
- Jennifer Wolfe from mamawolfe thought law school was the pathway to her dream job.
- Julie at A Good Joe considers the burdens kids bear when their parents divorce.
- Rachel from A Little Each Day reminds herself that the key to happiness is balance.
Alicia of Titere con Bonete feels like she’s losing a friend when a good book comes to an end.
- Amy from Oh What a Life recalls the career choice she chose not to follow.
- Lisa at Hannemaniacs and her best friend can piece together their history through email.
- Michelle of Mkokopelli talks about the anniversary of her divorce.
Janaki from More Than Four Sides remembers the stages of her own divorce.
- Meghan at Crazy Casa K revisits why she ended up choosing not to become a lawyer.
Taylor of The Quiet Moments writes about the disappearance of meaningful communication.
- Stacy at The Novel Life shares podcasting love and surprise at the divorce rate declining!
What are you waiting for? Grab a copy of The Divorce Papers by Susan Rieger and explore Sophie Diehl’s world. If you’re in the New England area, you can even meet her in person and get your book signed! Connect with Susan on Twitter.
Join our book discussion of The Divorce Papers by leaving your thoughts in the comments below.